For the student-faculty housing and academic spaces at Springfield, Illinois-based Drury University, FdM:Arch applied characteristics of the historic area’s Queen Anne and Victorian architecture – namely, the area homes’ exposed frames – to the buildings, giving them a warm residential feel.
The housing, which occupies a block-and-a-half area at the north end of campus, utilizes this frame as an organizing element and the central feature of the housing units’ composition. It is such a defining characteristic that it has developed into a constant around which the diverse needs of the dormitory program are fulfilled. Similarly, FdM:Arch gave a residential scale to what is normally a more institutional building by invoking a large front porch as a symbol of domesticity and universal gathering place.
- Place Springfield, MO
- Date 1995
- Client Drury University
- Area 170,000 SF
- Architect Francois de Menil Architect, PC